HC Deb 25 January 1897 vol 45 c398
MR. J. CALDWELL (Lanark, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the intention of the Government to include in a Supplementary Estimate for the current year the amount of arrears of school fee grant admittedly due to Scotland on the same principle as he has agreed to pay the corresponding arrears to Ireland?


The Government have admitted, as I stated in the House on July 30th last, that Scotland must be treated with regard to these arrears on the same basis as Ireland. I am in communication with the Secretary for Scotland as to the purpose to which the money should be devoted. We have not yet arrived at a conclusion upon the subject; but, as at present advised, I do not think that any part of it will be required by way of a Supplementary Estimate for the current year.